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Lei Lady Lei: Lei maker Leilani Kanaauano Huggins - Easy ReaderTuesday, August 15, 2017
Palapalai from his home in Hilo. Her cousins’ neighbor gave her highly coveted, yellow Oahu Mamo Lehuas. Huggins found purple Anthuriums at a farmers market in Honolulu. From her godfather’s home in Torrance, she had brought over purple Stathis and Oregon moss.At her uncle’s suggestion, Huggins planned to enter an a’i lei in the beginners division. Her lei would have nine different flowers and ferns, including the Palapalai from Hilo and Oregon moss from Torrance.She also planned to enter an a’i lei in the silver and white division. But her uncle didn’t like the flowers she had gathered and suggested, instead, that she enter the more prestigious red and pink division. In deference to her uncle, a third generation leis maker and veteran of many May Day Lei Celebrations, she followed his advice. But she didn’t have any pink and red flowers. “So I had to scramble all over the island on Saturday to find pink Clerodendrum and Bougainvillea and red Lehua ula ula and Ohi’a,” she said.Lei ribbons from the May Day Lei Competition. Photo by John EnglishThat was the reason she was just finishing her first two leis at 3 a.m Monday morning.For the papale lei Huggins’ sister then insisted she make and offered to work with her on through the the night, Huggins interwove purple Statice she had bought at the LA Flower Mart and the purple Anthuriums from the Honolulu farmers market with the yellow Moas from her uncle and the yellow Mamo Lehuas from the Maunalani neighbors. “I paint and from studying art at El Camino I know the color wheel and that helps in my designs. Plus, I’m a Laker fan. And those were the only flowers I had left,” she said. Purple and Yellow are complementary colors. Uncle Moses showed her how to conceal the required, two-inch loop so when her leis hung the judges would see only flowers.At 7 a.m. Monday morning, Huggins joined a line of hundreds of fellow lei makers at Queen Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Their leis soon filled an exhibition area the size of a football field.“It was intimidating,” she said. Huggins had saved for a year to pay for the trip and had no expectations of winning a ribbon. “I just went for the experience,” she said. Shortly after noon, the lei makers and public were invited into the exhibition area. The judges’ top three selections in each division hung at the front of the hundreds of other entries. The blue, red and white ribbons, representing first, second and third places, were as long as the leis.Huggins and her family rushed first to the beginners competition area. A blue ribbon hung next to her green and brown lei. The California Girl, as she quickly became known as, was the first mainlander in the 90 year history of the May Day Lei Competition to win a blue ribbon. Huggins student Shimamoto placed second.Then, she and her family went to the red and pink competition area. A red ribbon hung next to her lei. Huggins hugged her uncle.The anxiety she had felt in line that morning, when she questioned if she was good enough even to enter the prestigious competition, had given way to euphoria. “I just wanted to make my family proud. I wanted them to know that even though I had moved away, I was still a Hawaiian,” Huggins said.The euphoria remained with Huggins all the way across the field to the papale lei exhibition area. Then she burst into tears. A blue ribbon hung next to her purple and yellow lei her sister had convinced her to make. A red ribbon hung next...
Learn how to make your own flower arrangements at these classes in LA - Time Out Los Angeles (blog)Tuesday, March 28, 2017
They also offer a Wednesday night wedding series workshop where you can learn to make centerpieces, table accents, bouquets and boutonnieres. 2675 Skypark Dr, Torrance. $85 per classLos Angeles City College: If one day isn't going to do it for you, LACC offers a series of three to five classes. Learn the basics of wedding, holiday and special occasion arrangement during Floral Design I and II, or take Ikebana: Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement, where you'll be taught the Japanese-style of flower arranging. 855 N Vermont Ave. $105-155 per seriesBloom & Plume: For a private experience, Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume will teach you and a group of 5-15 people the ins and outs of creating one of his abundant and colorful arrangements. $150 per person.Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
The Society of American Florists Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 3:26PM EDT ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society of American Florists will celebrate the longevity of four floral industry businesses with the SAF Century Award during SAF Palm Springs 2018, the association's 134th Annual Convention at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California. The Century Award recognizes companies that have been in business for 100 years or more. The 2018 Century Award honorees are: City Line Florist in Trumbull, Connecticut; Gould's Flowers in Lockport, New York; Janousek Florist & Greenhouse, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska; and Lake Forest Flowers in Lake Forest, Illinois. "Each year when we gather at the SAF convention, we interact with business owners who have determination, vision and grit," said SAF Awards Committee Chairman Marvin Miller, Ph.D., AAF, of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois. "But to sustain that for 100 years or more is truly an impressive ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
North Dakota Florist Association to host public classTuesday, August 28, 2018
SHOW ARTICLE -- The Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes the North Dakota Florist Association to Minot, Sept. 7-9. The ND Florist Association is hosting a public class at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Minot on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.Participants are invited to work alongside members of the Florists Association to create and take home a mixed fall floral arrangement. Partakers will learn tips and tricks on how to create a beautiful arrangement throughout the year from the comfort of their home. This year’s class titled “Setting the Scene” will allow participants to design a nature-inspired centerpiece showcasing fall mums and embellishments. Charge for the class is $25 per person and the individual must pre-register. For more information, or to pre-register for the class, contact Michele Dean, Executive Director of the North Dakota State Florists Association, by Wednesday, Sept. 4 by 5 p.m. Dean can be emailed at NDStateFloristAssoc@hotmail.com. For more information about conferences and events in Minot, call the Minot Convent... http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2018/08/north-dakota-florist-association-to-host-public-class/
A Different Bloom: Conroe-area flower shop blossomsTuesday, August 28, 2018
A Different Bloom owner Holly Burns spends her days surrounded by flowers and ribbons at her blossomy boutique. A florist for more than a decade, Burns creates contemporary flower arrangements, personalized gift baskets, corsages and formal items for a variety of occasions. https://communityimpact.com/houston/conroe-montgomery/business-profiles/2018/08/21/a-different-bloom/
Marie Johnson “The flower lady”Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Marie proudly served meatballs and other Swedish delights. Marie was a life member of the Grass Valley Soroptimists, served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and the regional FTD Florist association, and was grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in 2007. The Grass Valley City Council and Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed Foothill Flowers50th anniversary, October21, 2016, “Marie Johnson the Flower Lady Day.”Earlier this year Marie and her family received the Dame Shirley Saunders award from Hospice of the Foothills, an honor named for the founder of the modern hospice movement.Marie was sympathetic to woman who were struggling and hired them to work in her shop. She provided practical training and work experience for many disabled students.Marie lived and worked in the heart of Grass Valley and her devotion to the community never wavered. As a woman who had overcome much, Marie believed a person could never be unhappy when they looked into the face of flower. For 52 years Foothill Flowers has delivered beautiful flowers to community and family events, to large gatherings and intimate occasions, and the evidence is in countless wedding and photographs albums on the shelves in Nevada County homes.Marie created floral displays which enlivened gatherings, enhanced celebrations and softened sorrows, touching many lives through her work and kindness and warmth.“She played a part in so many lives,” a friend remembered.Even as life was waning, and she wasn’t able to get to her shop every day, Marie said: “I still get excited about beautiful flowers.” Marie will be buried beside her daughter in Grass Valley’s Greenwood Cemetery. Marie was predeceased by her parents, her daughter and her siblings, Thelma, Emil Jr, Norman and Melvin. She is survived by her two sons and siblings Marra P. Swan and Carl Larson and his wife Dee.Mark and Todd are deeply grateful for the love and care provided to Marie in her last weeks. Thank you to Kathy Medeiros and staff at SNMH; Dr Thomas Kanomata and staff; the Rev. Richard Johnson; Gage McKinney; Debbie Prisk Olsen; long-time friends Tawni and Diane; and the amazing staff at Hospice of the Foothills; and especially caregivers Karen, Wendy and Simone, who treated Marie like a second mom.Submitted to YubaNet... https://yubanet.com/regional/marie-johnson-the-flower-lady/
Flower Arranger announce year programTuesday, August 28, 2018
Yasmin Spiegel, who comes to flower arranging from a background in theatre, costume and design will emphasize pushing the envelope in the use of materials and composition.On Dec. 5, Dixon Florist Courtney Kett, a long-time favorite among Davis Flower Arrangers, will demonstrate new holiday décor ideas while traditionally keeping the audience amused with her latest family news and Dixon gossip.Beginning the new year on Jan. 2, 2019, an active member of Davis Flower Arrangers, will lead a workshop for members only entitled “Using Unconventional Materials in Design.” She has had two of her arrangements selected for publication in the 2019 Vision of Beauty calendar published by the National Garden Clubs Inc. One of her arrangements uses panty hose to provide form and color.On Feb. 6, Ron Brown, well known among the Bay Area Ikebana Organizations as a florist and a provider of display arrangements for the Bouquets to Art Show at the de Young Museum, will help Davis Flower Arrangers understand what is happening in the flower world just to our west.On March 6, Mary Arakelian, this year’s winner of the Flower Arranger of the Year award for a design used on the National Garden Council’s Vision of Beauty Calendar will discuss the Joy of Creative Floral Design. A member of the Sacramento Floral Design Guild and the Auburn Arrangers Guild, she was well received as a speaker for Davis Flower Arrangers in past years. AdvertisementOn April 3, Sahshah Middleton, a Bay Area florist, will speak with demonstrations based on a lifetime of flower work that began in Singapore and includes being a resident designer for the famous Raffles Hotel. She is from a Czechoslovakian family and has most recently been a show manager for the San Francisco County Fair.Membership in Davis Flower Arrangers costs $40 per year and provides access to eight programs and workshops and the potluck picnic party that will end the year in May.Other activities of The Davis Flower Arrangers that all members are invited to join include providing flower arrangements for the Mary L. Stephens Davis Library, working together with the Davis Senior Center to provide May baskets to shut-in seniors, and providing bouquets for the regional garden club luncheon. The club has also provided bouquets for the Odd Fellows Bingo Fundraiser Games and the group sometimes organizes bus tours to the Bouquets to Art Show at the de Young Museum in San Fr... http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20180817/flower-arrangers-announce-year-program